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Blue and Orange Morality: It quickly becomes clear, explicitly so in False Masks, that ponies do not subscribe to the same Laws of Magic that keep White Council wizards on the straight and narrow. Twilight Sparkle frequently performs spells that would call for her execution on Earth.
Discussed in-story, as while Twilight may be violating the letter of the Laws of Magic, the reasoning behind why those Laws exist in the first place is still being adhered to.
HAD to Be Sharp: The ponies come to realize that Harry's world requires a certain degree of ruthlessness in order for one to survive as well as to enable good to win, and Luna applies this to humans as a whole, one of the reasons the Humans Are the Real Monsters trope is averted, as detailed below.
Humans Are the Real Monsters: Nicely averted. There's the requisite shock over Dresden eating meat, but the Mane 6 grow to like him fairly easily. Luna and Celestia even say humanity seem to be a noble race, going by his example, and from what they saw of early Christians last time they visited Earth.
Innocence Lost: The events of the stories have done a number on the ponies' innocence. Harry is very concerned about their psychological scars, but there's not much he can do about them.
Knight in Sour Armor: Likewise with Harry, Twilight got an overview of his personality through the Soulgaze. Unlike Harry, she was terrified by what she saw. She saw him as a knight fighting a near endless horde of monsters, never once backing down. A knight who was more in danger of losing himself than losing to the horde.
"No. I don’t accept this." I rolled my eyes and crossed my arms. "A wizard from another dimension happens to open a gateway into a magical land filled with talking ponies, and the first one he meets just happens to be the holder of an ancient and sacred power. Then those two and her friends, who also bear these powers, must rescue somebody she cares about from a jealous rival? Are you kidding me? If Kirby did that in Arcanos, I’d walk out! That’s the plot of a crappy fantasy novel!"
And another one:
Twilight Sparkle: "What, you're just going to ignore it? The Elements are the foundation on which all of Equestria is built." Harry: "Yes. I’m very good at ignoring things. Watch in awe as I ignore the fact that Pinkie’s cupcake launcher is way too big to fit in her saddlebags, for instance."
Harry nearly Soulgazes Princess Celestia by accident, only for some unknown force to stop him. He's not even sure if the force did it for her protection or for his, but it still serves as a reminder that Celestia is not like him.
Morality Chain: The ponies become this for Harry, especially Twilight and Fluttershy.
Physical God: Harry meets Celestia and describes her as being as powerful and graceful as a Lady of the Fae Court, minus the scary. He is absolutely impressed when he learns that Twilight is her student. Luna, for obvious reasons, isn't quite as powerful, but he can sense that she still is miles above him. They get on smashingly.
Eviler Than Thou: "Obsidian Journeys" shows that He Who Walks Behind is eviler than Obsidian. The Dreaded Obsidian was nothing more than He Who Walks Behind's slave.
Innocent Innuendo: Subverted in "Foolish Mistake". Twilight overhears Dresden and Rarity having an extremely suggestive conversation in her guest room and wants to assume the obvious, but figures that she's probably reading too far into it. That is, until Rarity blurts out "Oh, [Dresden]! This is the best sex I’ve ever had!".Double Subverted when Twilight breaks in and discovers that Dresden and Rarity weren't having sex, and weren't even in the room at all. Bob was mimicking their voices to troll Twilight.
Knight Templar: Celestia in "Ruined Utopia" truly believes that humanity would much rather prefer life transformed into ponies with their violent instincts removed.
Made a Slave: "Obsidian Journeys" reveals that this was Obsidian's fate. He Who Walks Behind replaced Obsidian's heart with a chunk of Mordite, and through it controlled him.
Marty Stu: Invoked in "Holiday Present". Harry gains the 7th element of harmony, courage, and uses it to defeat Nightmare Chrysalisombra and save the Mane Six. Afterwards he proposes marriage to Twilight, and she accepts. As it turns out, the whole sequence is a fanfic-within-a-fanfic written by Harry's daughter.
Oh, Crap: At the end of "Obsidian Journeys" Obsidian realizes he made a huge mistake dismissing the two "powerless" humans when they draw their holy swords.
The Quiet One: "Kindred Spirits" celebrates this trope by having the representatives from both franchises, McAnally and Big Macintosh, meet up and exchange a few words (the key word being "few") over drinks.
Underestimating Badassery: Obsidian's mistake in "Obsidian Journeys". The two "powerless" humans were the ones he really needed to beware. Especially since one of them puts him down for good.
Added Alliterative Appeal: Harry gets chewed out by Twilight in this manner. He can't decide whether it's cute or terrifying until she follows it up with a near-Fluttershy-level Death Glare.
Batman Gambit: After failing to defeat Trixie, Twilight Sparkle appeals to her ego, tricking her into defeating herself.
Berserk Button: Pinkie becomes enraged when the Dark and All Powerful Trixie severely injures Rainbow Dash. Harry himself gets set off by women or children being threatened and people/ponies trying to brainwash him.
Blind Jump: This is how the whole story starts: Dresden is being chased by monsters through the Nevernever (a sort of shadow dimension between Earth and the worlds of The Fair Folk), and has to randomly exit to escape.
Book Ends: As with the first canon novel, Harry's narrative starts and ends with 'My Name is Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden'
Carnivore Confusion: Harry is smart enough to avoid any blunders in this field but still faces a difficult moment when Rarity inquires about the origins of his leather coat.
Curb-Stomp Battle: When Harry's possessed by the Nightmare, he flattens the Mane Cast in a physical confrontation. The spiritual confrontation, on the other hand...
When he meets Luna, he's struck by how adorkable and LOUD she is.
Demonic Possession: The Nightmare, the same demon that turned Luna into Nightmare Moon, possesses Trixie and aids her in petty revenge on Twilight and the others. After they beat it, it possesses Harry and turns him against them, until he sees through its mental manipulations and finally destroys it for good.
Death Glare: Before his soul gaze kicks in, Harry finds himself on the recieving end of Fluttershy's stare. It is not entirely clear which one Twilight is saving when she makes the two break eye contact.
Determinator: They all take turns, but Rainbow Dash and Applejack take the cake when trying to defuse the wall trap.
Trixie: I hope you all enjoyed that little glimmer of hope while it lasted, because those snakes have enough power in them to destroy anypony.
Applejack: Good thing I ain’t just anypony, then.
Rainbow Dash: Yeah. Equestria’s best flier isn’t gonna stop just because of some little bug zapper!
Dwindling Party: Invoked and defied. Trixie lures the group into her traps exactly for this purpose, but Harry and the Mane Six push their powers and skills to the limit to keep everypony alive.
Easily Forgiven: Harry shows concern when this happens after his Demonic Possession but Twilight tells him not to worry about it. He held back while possessed and ultimately fought back against the Nightmare, after all. That counts for something.
Exact Words: Harry uses the names of the Mane Six to prevent them from moving, but not from using magic.
Family-Unfriendly Violence: Due to the Cerebus Syndrome, the Mane Cast walk away from this adventure with much more severe injuries than they do in the show. Rainbow Dash, Pinkie Pie, and Twilight Sparkle get the worst of it, with Rainbow and Twilight being on the receiving end of a Flechette Storm and Pinkie being poisoned.
Foreshadowing: In-universe. Harry notices that Twilight's magic shield protects not just against kinetic force, but heat as well. He idly considers beefing up his own shield in the future, but apparently forgets, since "Strange Friends" takes place right before The Dresden Files novel Blood Rites, in which flamethrower-wielding vampires cripple one of Harry's hands when his shield fails to protect it from the effects of convection.
Full-Body Disguise: Twilight uses an illusion spell to disguise Dresden as one of Celestia's guards when he's in public.
Green-Eyed Monster: Luna has a bit of this when she learns that Harry forced out and killed the Nightmare, something she was unable to do on her own. Harry tells her that Twilight made it sound much easier than it really was and that if the Mane Six hadn't been there, he'd be a goner.
Twilight realizes she's a bit jealous when she discovers that Harry's magical power exceeds hers, but quickly gets over it.
This becomes a Heartwarming Moment when Harry gives Twilight his full name, showing an impressive amount of faith in the pony.
I'm Having Soul Pains: Trixie shattering the Elements of Harmony to summon the Nightmare has the side effect of inflicting crippling pain on the Elements' bearers. Trixie even chooses the order in which each bearer is struck down so as to cause the most distress among the party. She starts with Fluttershy.
"Meanwhile at Fluttershy's house!" Pinkie Pie announced proudly. Fluttershy and I just looked at her. Fluttershy had apparently learned better than to ask, but I couldn't help myself. "Sorry, what?" Not that much of what she'd said had made any sense so far. But hey, a guy can hope, can't he? "Nothing, just setting up a scene transition." Pinkie's smile took up more of her face than I think was physically possible.
A telekinetic blast can be deadly when used to throw sharp objects. Also, the Elements of Harmony — they never cause direct harm, but that's still a lot of magic for Harry to channel into a fire spell. Celestia is not amused.
Mind Rape: The first thing Harry does after arriving in Equestria is accidentally soulgaze Twilight Sparkle.
Mood Whiplash: Used extensively, but particularly when Pinkie Pie invokesRule of Funny to appear in the room with the mane cast after holding back the hornets. She collapses from poison seconds later and would have died on the spot if Harry didn't react quickly.
More Than Mind Control: This is how the Nightmare influences its hosts. It offers suggestions and temptations based on their darker impulses, then helps them plan when carrying those suggestions out.
Royals Who Actually Do Something: While everyone else is out adventuring to save the day, Celestia notices something is up, quickly returns home from Coltenhagen, places Canterlot on lockdown, searches her study for clues, interview all personnel on location and then leads a platoon of palace guards to Ponyville upon realizing that Twilight Sparkle is probably in danger. After the fight against Trixie and the Nightmare, it's assumed that she personally brought the seven of them home and put them to bed since the palace guards and cooks still don't know what Harry is and that he's even there. Luna is the one with the maps of Earth and she even leads Harry back down the path towards his world.
Sleep Cute: After their ordeal, the ponies and Harry are taken to Canterlot where they sleep most of the day away on two extra-large mattresses, thanks to Harry's height. When he wakes up, Harry wishes like hell he had a camera — if only to blackmail Rarity and AJ with a picture of them asleep in each other's arms.
Taking the Bullet: Twilight Sparkle teleports in the way of glass shards thrown at Trixie.
Trixie attacks Pinkie with high-speed shards of metal, but Rainbow Dash jumps in front of Pinkie just in time and takes the attack herself.
Would Hurt a Child: Trixie kidnaps Spike and leaves a threatening note out of a paranoid fear that Twilight has caught wind of her schemes. Too bad for Trixie that threatening children is Harry Dresden's Berserk Button.
Animorphism: The Princesses want to award Harry a medal for his services in the previous story, but first they have to make it so that he can walk around without anyone staring at him too hard. That means he has to go native. Naturally, he's a unicorn.
Anti-Hero: Celestia may be more powerful but you do NOT want to piss off Luna. She actually levels a death threat at the Big Bad and the only reason she doesn't go through with it is it is illegal.
Anti-Villain: Vigilant Watch, Arcane Mind and most of the Order Triune truly believe in their mission to protect Equestria. When she is proven to be completely and unequivocally wrong, Vigilant Watch is angry to find out she essentially will suffer no longstanding consequences for her actions.
Alas, Poor Villain: The entire Order Triune becomes this. They are sacrificed to a demon by Novel Notion, and while it is karmic when you remember they tried to kill Dresden, it becomes tragic when you realize that they had been misled this entire time, genuinely wanted to protect Equestria, and had been betrayed by one of their own. The way they go is horrible: running for their lives as the circle swallows them, with nothing left of them afterward. The horrified reactions of the Mane 6, and even Harry show this. It's even sadder after chapter 24 reveals that they were right about Obsidian still being a threat.
Arch-Enemy: Obsidian the Undying to the Order Triune. To the point of essentially grabbing the Idiot Ball should someone so much as mutter his name.
As far as Obsidian himself is concerned, the Order is an Unknown Rival. He hasn't been on Equestria in over a thousand years, so he has no idea they still exist. Obsidian's realArch-Enemy is "The Watchman," aka: The Gatekeeper.
Badass Grandpa: Keen Vision, a old blind pegasus who rescued Twilight from the Order Triune before she was reunited with her friends.
Bad Dreams: One way the Order Triune tried to get Twilight Sparkle to turn against Harry was to invade her dreams. This fails. Later, Novel Notion begins having nightmares of Luna torturing him after his magic is taken. It's unknown whether Luna genuinely has a hand in them or if they're strictly the product of a guilty psyche but Novel Notion believes Luna is messing with him. That he keeps having them when he's outside of Equestria and presumably out of Luna's magical grasp DOES raise questions though.
Big Brother Instinct: In the epilogue, Shining Armor readily admits that professionalism is the only thing keeping him from killing the villain who tried to murder his little sister Twilight. As it stands, he merely hopes they don't survive their journey through the Everfree Forest.
Bigger Bad: He Who Walks Behind, since he was the being to whom Obsidian traded his heart in exchange for power.
Big Damn Heroes: Luna in chapter 21, revealing the Armored Luna to be Celestia. She causes Big Macintosh's captor's shadow to choke him, forcing him to release the stallion and threatens to Mind Rape Novel Notion if he doesn't tell her how to banish the Demon.
Big Eater: Harry and Pinkie Pie devour a pile of fried egg and cheese sandwiches in chapter 6. Twilight settles for some cereal since she likes her arteries unclogged.
Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Novel Notion, whose sheep's clothing was good enough to fool Celestia. In chapter 22 she muses on how she had trusted and even liked someone who hated her so much.
Bittersweet Ending: Novel Notion gets a Fate Worse Than Death and Vigilant Watch is incensed that she doesn't suffer even close to a similar fate, despite being, in her eyes, almost as bad. Harry is exiled from Equestria under threat of execution by Celestia if he returns with a Denarius sigil still burned into his hand in spite of the fact that she doesn't really want to.
Born-Again Immortality: This is essentially what the Order Triune credits their age-old nemesis Obsidian with and what motivates them to kill ponies that look too suspiciously like him.
Brain Bleach: Early on, Harry and Bob have a short argument about finding ponies physically attractive (with Bob being in favor, naturally). After Bob points out "[I'm not the only one who appreciates women of other species]. How do you think centaurs were made anyway?" Harry immediately wishes that mental magic was legal.
Broken Pedestal: After Bob calls out Harry for not killing Arcane Mind when he had the chance and reminds him that he plans to summon He Who Walks Behind again, with Harry killing Justin Dumorne for summoning the demon, Harry believes he has become this for the Mane Six.
Broke Your Arm Punching Out Cthulhu: Celestia, who is normally a Physical Goddess at tip top condition burned out a lot of magical power during the fights against He Who Walks Behind and the demon centipede Novel Notion summoned. She surmises that it will take years to recover in full.
"Wait." Twilight said, her brow creasing with worry. "Before we do anything I need to tell you something." All three sets of eyes turned towards her. Twilight lowered her voice just in case anypony from the small crowd watching them had ulterior motives. "This may sound unbelievable, but there's a group of ponies that's planning to kill you, Blackstone." Blackstone starts laughing.
Carnivore Confusion: This gets him in trouble since, even though he's safely changed into a pony and thus has no current cravings for meat, the Order Triune overhear him talking about the issue to Bob.
Damsel out of Distress: The Order Triune captures Twilight. She overcomes their brainwashing and later figures out how to disable the magic-inhibitor they placed on her.
Dangerously Genre Savvy: Novel Notion was able to fool and sacrifice the entire Order Triune to summon a demon. After doing so, he doesn't monologue because he knows the ponies were merely stalling for time, so he used some Order spies in the Royal Guard to make sure they would never get there in time. He knows his magic circle matches that of Harry and the Mane 6, so he takes the Mane 6's family hostage to force them to surrender the Elements of Harmony. Unfortunately, he didn't forsee Princess Celestia disguising herself as Luna, and the real Princess Luna arriving to free the hostages. Still, he proves himself to be quite dangerous.
Harry: We’d dropped plenty of opportunities for him to monologue, but he wasn’t taking the bait. Just my luck to run into a guy who actually followed the Evil Overlord List in a world where they’d never even heard of it.
The epilogue reveals that he also had the foresight to have several unofficial members of his "Council of Thirty" hidden away just in case anything went wrong.
Deader Than Dead: According to Novel Notion, his ancestor sealed Obsidian's heart and took it into the Astral plane over a thousand years ago, making his death permanent. Celestia confirms this to Vigilant Watch, claiming that she hasn't sensed Obsidian's magic in Equestria for all that time. Subverted since Obsidian survived and attacks Earth during Harry's time in Equestria. Double-subverted since Michael stabs Obsidian in the heart with his holy sword, which the Gatekeeper believes destroyed Obsidian for good. Then again, this isn't the first time Obsidian has been declared dead...
Deal with the Devil: He Who Walks Behind granted Obsidian power in exchange for his heart. Novel Notion made a deal with another demon to sacrifice 120 other ponies and Celestia in exchange for similar powers. He tries making another deal in the epilogue with a huge demonic dragon, but the dragon isn't interested and it swallows him and his allies whole.
Didn't See That Coming: In chapter 21 Harry warns the others about relying too much on the plan, since plans don't usually survive contact with the enemy. Neither the heroes' nor the villains' plans work out perfectly thanks to the unexpected. The heroes didn't expect Novel Notion feeding the rest of the Order to a second demon. The villains didn't expect that "Luna" was actually Princess Celestia in disguise.
Twilight decides to play this up when she's trying to convince Harry to let her use her transformation spell on him.
When Twilight is kidnapped in False Masks, Harry experiences this again. Princess Celestia is reluctant to let him continue investigating since she believes he might actually kill whoever is responsible. She even acknowledges that he would have every right and reason to do so, but the last murder in Equestria was over 30 years ago and she rather likes Equestria's current murder-free state.
Eaten Alive: Novel Notion and his allies' final fate in the epilogue, courtesy of a giant demonic corpse-dragon swallowing them whole. Novel Notion finds himself wishing the dragon had chewed him up first when he reaches its digestive fluids.
The Extremist Was Right: Chapter 24 reveals that the Order of Truine wasn't entirely wrong. Obsidian survived Curious Notion's attempt to destroy him a thousand years ago and really had become a powerful demon lord. He just never reappeared in Equestria, showing up only to attack Earth.
Eviler Than Thou: Novel Notion's pretty dang evil, demented and kind of brilliant by Equestria's standards but he's no Obsidian. Thus while Obsidian flourishes after being sent to the Nevernever, Novel Notion and all of his mooks are Eaten Alive by a giant dragon demon within four days of being there. You almost feel bad for them.
Fatal Flaw: The Order Triune's fear of and obsession with Obsidian causes them to miss important hints that he isn't Blackstone. The Order's higher-ups refuse to listen to Vigilant Watch when she tries to tell them that Bookmark is up to something. All of these allow Bookmark/Novel Notion to lure them into a demon sacrifice/summoning circle.
Novel Notion is very self-righteous, proud, overconfident and just a tad ungrateful. Instead of being glad that Celestia and Luna did not understandably have him executed and try to make the best of his and his allies' now depowered lives, he vows revenge and travels to the Nevernever to find a new demon to bargain with. The first demon he and his allies find eats them all alive without even acknowledging them.
Fate Worse Than Death:It is eventually decided that Novel Notion will suffer one of these as decided by Twilight and agreed upon by Judge Verdict and Princess Celestia: "Merciless Exile." The accused is branded with symbols so that all may know of their crime, are forced to march from Equestria without any sort of aid whatsoever and any magic they possess is permanently sealed away. This also counts as Cruel Mercy as theoretically the victim could survive.
Female Gaze: Mares can't stop telling Harry how good he looks as a stallion.
Freudian Excuse: Double Subverted: Novel Notion at first mockingly states "his parents never hugged him" as his excuse for betraying and murdering the entire Order. Then he gives his real reason. He was frustrated with being indoctrinated into the Order with all its secrets and lies, and sought to destroy it as a means of escape.
Fridge Horror: In-universe, Harry's expression becomes dead serious when he sees the bag of poisoned treats apparently kill a Hydra and recalls that Scootaloo and Rainbow Dash nearly ate some.
Lessened somewhat when they later learn that it wasn't poison, just a very powerful sleeping potion.
From Bad to Worse: The assassination attempts on Harry in False Masks get more extreme and less subtle as time passes. A bag of poisoned candy -> "accidents" like a falling anvil -> poisoned pins -> an entire burlap sack of poisoned food -> siccing a Hydra on Harry.-> unleashing HE WHO WALKS BEHIND when he was about to receive an award for his services.
Full-Body Disguise: This time around, Twilight uses a spell to temporarily transform Harry into a pony.
The Gadfly: Luna messing with Harry by pretending she's interested in his pony form.
Heel Realization: Vigilant Watch's is severe enough that she protests the lenient sentence she was given in chapter 22, believing she deserves the harshest punishment the court can inflict upon her for her crimes.
Heroic Sacrifice: Colgate. Dresden isn't sure if it's the most noble or cliche situation he has ever seen.
Hero of Another Story: Chapter 24 reveals that while Harry was embroiled in a conspiracy during his time in Equestria, Michael, Sanya, Morgan, and the Gatekeeper were fighting the real Obsidian the Undying.
High-Pressure Emotion: Rainbow Dash becomes what Harry can only describe as "volcanic" when Bob makes a lewd remark to her about "turning tricks". Harry is relieved when a Hydra attacks him.
Ignored Epiphany: The Cutie Mark Crusaders ponder the truth of Dresden's statement that Cutie Marks are not the be-all and end-all of a pony's existence. For all of five seconds.
I Just Want To Be Free: Novel Notion grew up indoctrinated as a member of the Order of Triune and hated every minute of it. The entire plot is his scheme to kill off the Order.
Innocent Innuendo: Twilight, unaware of most humans' social taboo on nudity, instructs Harry to strip down because she has a "surprise" for him (she wants to transform him into a unicorn for the duration of his stay in Equestria), causing Harry to react with a Spit Take and Bob with glee. Twilight is mortified to learn just what her comment sounded like to Harry and Bob.
Jerkass: During his second trip to Equestria, Harry brings Bob, a spirit of air and intellect that resides within a human skull. He remains quiet during Harry's meeting with Twilight until her Innocent Innuendo, at which point he speaks out, terrifying Spike out of his wits. After having a considerable time convincing Spike that Bob was not a ghost and they were not haunted, Bob promptly shouts "Boo!" at him once Spike worked up enough courage to approach the skull.
Bob then makes lewd remarks to Rarity and Rainbow Dash. The former is disgusted, and the latter is so angry and embarrassed that she is moments away from smashing Bob's skull into powder before a Hydra attacks.
Karmic Death: After spending the whole story trying to assassinate Dresden, putting innocents in danger, betraying the kingdom they swore to protect, and summoning the VERY demon that Obsidian sold his soul too (Twice) , the Order Triune itself is betrayed by Novel Notion and sacrificed to a demon. Not that it makes the whole thing any less tragic.
Novel Notion and the rest of his cronies travel to the Nevernever, hoping to make another Deal with the Devil so they can get their revenge. The one demon they meet, a gigantic corpse-like dragon, isn't interested in making any deals and promptly swallows them whole. They die painfully and slowly as he digests them.
Karma Houdini: Vigilant Watch complains about being this as despite her guilt and all she's done, she's essentially given a slap on the wrist as punishment.
Played With for the rest of the surviving Order. According to Word of God, the remaining higher ups anyone else who committed murder is facing criminal charges, but in the narrative, many of them got suspended sentences. However, they are on tight leash, and many of them did lose their friends and family, so they didn't walk away clean.
Laser-Guided Karma:Novel Notion used his magic to make a Deal with the Devil to kill roughly 120 ponies (and Celestia) in a bid to take over Equestria. When his plan fails, he is permanently banished from Equestria with the pony equivalent of a scarlet letter on his body and his magic is permanently sealed. When he and his cronies escape to the Nevernever to make another Deal with the Devil, the devil-in-question is completely uninterested and swallows all of them whole.
Last-Second Word Swap: A variation appears in chapter 7. Harry is talking with Applejack about his suspicion that his cover's been blown. He's about to say that someone has figured out he's not actually a pony — but when the Cutie Mark Crusaders ask how he was going to finish that sentence, he says that someone has figured out that he bleaches his mane.
Mare Magnet: Harry finds that his Pony form is extremely appealing to the ladies of Ponyville.
Mass "Oh, Crap!": Everyone present is horrified when Novel Notion betrays the Order and sacrifices them to a demonic centipede in chapter 21.
Mind Rape: The Order Triune manipulates Twilight's dreams in an effort to turn her against Harry. She overpowers their efforts, forcing them to try words instead.
Motive Rant: Novel Notion's "defense" in chapter 22 was a defiant rant in which he claimed nothing he did such as demon summoning, mass murder, treason, and attempted regicide was wrong. His fellow defendants whom he is representing along with himself quickly regret choosing him over a public defender.
Bob: You didn’t see her face after you first turned into a pony. I'm surprised she wasn't drooling.
This also causes Harry a great deal of trouble when he finds himself swarmed by adoring mares after very publicly saving the Cutie Mark Crusaders from an accident meant to kill him. One or more of them may have been in on the assassination plot, and he can't tell who it was.
Noodle Incident: Oh, Bob and your unceasing interest in the female fleshy form...
"Everyone at that sorority was a consenting adult and the alcohol was just as much to blame as I was."
Not Brainwashed: Novel Notion denies that he is being influenced by Obsidian. His evil is all him.
Nothing Is Scarier: Harry's enemies in False Masks scare him more than most of the threats he's faced in the past because they refuse to show themselves. An opponent he can't just blast into oblivion deeply unnerves him.
Not So Different: Novel Notion sought to destroy the Order Triune, a group of zealots, and dispose of the Princesses, whom he saw as tyrants. But in doing so, he sacrificed almost 200 ponies to summon a demon, and would have killed many more to cement his power, which makes him this to the Order Triune, another group that also sought "the greater good" by any means necessary.
Not-So-Harmless Villain: The Order Triune fail in their undercover attempts to kill Harry. Then they summon He Who Walks Behind and things become more dire.
Novel Notion. At first he appeared to have been another agent of the Order, who was easily cowed by Harry when found out. It turns out he had manipulated the Order to kill Dresden, and later sacrificed almost all of them to the demon, and later threatened to kill the Mane 6's friends and family if they did not surrender the Elements of Harmony.
Offscreen Moment of Awesome: While Harry was in Equestria, an epic fight between the real Obsidian now a powerful demon lord and a team consisting of two Knights of the Cross, a veteran Warden, and the Gatekeeper was taking place on Earth.
Oh, Crap: Novel Notion, realizing that the huge demon dragon just swallowed them whole.
Harry, when Micheal mentions the demon lord they had fought was Obsidian.
Only the Worthy May Pass: How the runes in the Order's HQ work. As Bob explains it, it's not in the least reliable or safe.
Pony Sacrifice: In chapter 21, Novel Notion feeds most of the Order of Triune including Arcane Mind to a demon.
Poor Communication Kills: Lots of it. A justified case in chapter 9: the one fact Twilight could reveal to the Order Triune that would prove that Harry isn't Obsidian — that Harry is a human wizard from another dimension whose magic doesn't quite follow the same rules as pony magic — is also the one thing she believes she really needs to keep a secret.
Power Glows: Harry's aura as a unicorn is red-orange. Makes sense considering how much he likes fire.
Precocious Crush: Well probably not so precocious since by pony standards, Twilight's an older teen/young adult, but Twilight develops one on Dresden shortly after he assumes an equine form. Dresden doesn't reciprocate. Dresden also believes that the reason his pony form is such a Chick Magnet is because Twilight subconsciously made him one due to her crush.
it should be noted that in the following story, Twilight's human form is, hair notwithstanding, essentially a female version of Harry.
Properly Paranoid: After suffering three near-death experiences in chapter 6 of False Masks, Harry believes that someone or something is trying to kill him. He's completely right, as proven by at least two more assassination attempts in the next chapter. After suffering several more assassination attempts in the chapter after that, Harry decides he's not being paranoid enough.
The Order Triune believe they're this. Unfortunately, they're mostly just paranoid. They were right about Obsidian cheating death though.
Reasonable Authority Figure: Princess Celestia. Despite the trouble he caused in Strange Friends, she doesn't blast Harry within an inch of his life and even thinks he should get a medal for all he's done in Equestria. However while she has no intention of stopping Harry from looking for the Order Triune or Twilight, she knows that while he is the definition of Neutral Good in his world, she also knows that if she gave him free rein over the investigation that it would take literally all of his self control to keep from turning whoever kidnapped Twilight into a smoking crater. Celestia genuinely likes Harry but the ponies first, always. She also exiles him from Equestria for as long as he bears the mark of the Fallen. Celestia likes and trusts Harry but she will not risk having a Denarian anywhere near Equestria.
Rescue Romance: Trixie is shaping to be the third in the triangle. Even though Harry refused.
Right for the Wrong Reasons: Vigilant Watch rightly believed that Novel Notion wanted to wipe out the Order. She wrongly believed that he was Obsidian. Novel Notion was simply sick of life in the Order and wanted out.
Shipper on Deck: Bob wants to see Harry and Twilight get it on. Of course, this is Bob. Bob's preferred ship is Anyone Female/Anyone. He's ecstatic when Lyra and Bon-Bon kiss.
Shout-Out: Twilight's calming mantra after she finds out she's been kidnapped strongly echoes the Litany Against Fear from Dune.
The Starscream: Novel Notion at first seemed to be another one of the Order's many spies, as a secretary of Princess Celestia. He knew Harry was never Obsidian, and used that fact to mislead the Order Triune, whom he sacrificed to a demon.
Tall, Dark and Handsome: Harry's pony form "Blackstone". It's a truly unfortunate coincidence that the Order Triune believes that powerful unicorns with dark pelts are Obisidian reborn.
Tampering with Food and Drink: In chapter 5 of False MasksBon-Bon tries to leave a bag of candy laced with poison for Dresden whom she and the other members of an Ancient Tradition believe to be the reincarnation of the Evil Overlord Obsidian. Things take a turn for the worse when Pinkie Pie eats one. Fortunately, she realizes that there's something wrong with the candy and spits it out, though she still feels drowsy afterwards and passes out in the nearest bed — next to Harry.
Reaches new heights in chapter 7 when someone gives Dresden an ENTIRE burlap sack bag's worth of poisoned treats — enough to slowly and fatally poison a fully-grown Hydra.
Though its later revealed It wasn't poison, just a very powerful sleeping herb.
Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Even after her Heel-Face TurnBon-Bon still doesn't like Dresden and vice-versa. She thinks that Dresden is dangerous even if he isn't Obsidian. She also truly believes the Order are the good guys, considering she has friends and family in it, and she doesn't want Dresden to hurt them. Dresden and Rarity, on the other hoof, would very much like to hurt them since they kidnapped Twilight. It gets so bad that Dresden tricks her into teleporting home with an escape potion because he can't trust her to not betray them after he is forced to attack Bon-Bon's mother in self-defense.
The Reveal Obsidian, whom the Order Triune believe Harry's pony form to be, never resurrected. Unfortunately for the Triune, their true enemy was Novel Notion, who rather than just another mook, was in fact the one who had been stringing them along so he could destroy the Order Triune.
Red Herring: In-universe and out, Obsidian is mentioned so often that no one really considers that he might not have resurrected this time even though there's never been any hard evidence that he has.
Chapter 24 has another reveal on top of this one: Obsidian did resurrect. He just never reappeared in Equestria, having become a powerful demon lord in his own right in the Never Never. While Harry was in Equestria, Obsidian attacked Earth.
Sequel Hook: A gigantic demonic dragon devours Novel Notion and his allies, which only whets its appetite. Keen Vision suffers more visions of disaster in his sleep.
Time Skip: False Masks takes place after Blood Rites. Nearly a year has passed on Earth, and two months have passed in Equestria.
Token Good Teammate: Colgate is shaping up to be this for the Order Triune. Mouse seems to like her when she first visits Twilight's home.
Trust Password: Harry's full name becomes this when they are reunited with Twilight.
Tykebomb: Harry cynically wonders if every member of the Order is one of these after hearing that Bon-Bon was literally born to join the Order. Novel Notion's frustration with being one kicks off the entire plot, culminating in a mostly successful attempt to slaughter the Order.
Vagueness Is Coming: Keen Vision warns Twilight of this, specifically that the coming "darkness" is centered around her and Harry.
Villain Has a Point: His complete bastardry aside, Novel Notion makes the point that the Order Triune was horrible at recognizing genuine threats and understanding when a threat has truly passed. He's right, they waited 1200 years for Obsidian to come back and he never did, because he was already dead as the general public rightfully believed. Celestia also acknowledges that he's not entirely wrong when he called her a tyrant.
Novel Notion claims to be this as well, willing to sacrifice almost 200 ponies and the Princess to create his own Equestria. He did despise the Order for a very good reason, and Princess Celestia admits that he is correct is saying she is a tyrant, but as Princess Celestia pointed out, he probably would have sacrificed many more ponies for the power he craved.
Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Harry now has a fear of fire thanks to nearly cooking his own hand in canon. He can't even perform the smallest flame magic without sweating nervously, and he is shaken when Spike breathes fire at an enemy.
Bon Bon: You’re a man of iron and blood, stone and fire. Touched by darkness, but not overcome by it. Beaten and damaged, but unbowed. Unrelenting in word and deed, in thought and creed. You would lay siege to Tartarus itself if that’s where Twilight had been taken. And all because she’s your friend. Because you would do anything to keep her safe. Because you care.
Harry gets in on it in chapter 14 while talking to Trixie:
Harry:"You're right, I have no idea what happened to you. But I can tell you this, you aren't going to fix it with self-pity. And if you knew anything about the pony I'm trying to save, you'd never tell us to just leave you." Trixie: "That's not−" Harry:"No, I'm talking now. I know you said you don't remember much about that night, but let me tell you something, Trixie. I tried to kill you after the girls blasted you with the Harmony ray. There was a demon running around, and it certainly influenced me, but I had control of my own actions. I wanted you dead, because of everything you'd done to my friends and everything I feared you would do in the future. The girls tried to convince me not to do it, and eventually, when I refused to see reason, they fought me. To protect you. The demon stoked my rage and I returned the favor. I won. I beat all of them and then I went to kill you. Twilight teleported in front of my attack, trying to save you, and it nearly killed her. She went to death's door to keep your sorry ass safe even after everything you had done to her. I will be damned before I let her pain and courage go to waste. I am not letting you lie down and die. You are coming with us, whether you like it or not."
Would Not Hurt A Child: In False Masks, whoever is trying to kill Harry is considerate enough to shield the Cutie Mark Crusaders from being killed by the runaway wagon they hijacked to kill Dresden. However, said assassin was also willing to use them as bait in the first place to keep Dresden from just running away. As well as dole out a large amount of tainted treats, far more then Harry could eat on his own, with the foals around in plain sight of it, and which they almost instantly try to eat some of.
this dichotomy of both protecting, and endangering the foals is what leads Harry to believe there is either two groups, or two separate factions of the same group, each trying to off him separately. With one taking more care to avoid collateral damage then the other.
Novel Notion is under the impression that he is tough enough to cross the Nevernever depowered with 33 of his cronies, only three of them full-powered ponies. He is disabused of this idea. Permanently.
Harry and the Mane Six call out Arcane Mind's decision to summon He Who Walks Behind again as this.
After everything Novel Notion says and does in chapter 21, this is the response.
Twilight: What is wrong with you?!
Novel Notion: Megalomania, most likely, but that isn't important.
Buffy Speak: Pinkie is the humanest human that ever humaned.
Crazy-Prepared: The SI officers in chapter one are geared for most supernatural attackers, with blessed steel rounds, rock salt and water at hand.
Didn't Think This Through: The Mane Six in the prologue come off as this. While their human appearances are more or less good enough to fool the locals, the rather idyllic setting of Equestria means they have no idea of the technology that humans use on a day-to-day basis.
Glamour Failure: Murphy isn't fooled one bit by the Mane Six because Spike's appearance is too off.
Goofy Print Underwear: The girls reveal that they are all wearing smiley-face boxers to show that they are indeed wearing underwear. Murphy falls over laughing.
I Know Your True Name: Part of the Dresdenverse in general. Twilight uses this to teleport herself and the Mane Six to Chicago, with Harry's Name acting as a sort-of beacon.
Humanity Ensues: The Mane Six and Spike try to disguise themselves as humans.
Missed Him by That Much: While searching for Dresden, the Mane Six come across a beat up old Blue Volkswagon Beetle before moving on again...
Technicolor Eyes: The Mane Six's eyes retain their natural color. Unfortunately, these aren't colors seen on Earth. However, Murphy points out that they won't be give a ways because people do wear contacts to change the color of their eyes. Spike's slit pupils on the other hand...
Walking Techbane: Twilight becomes one just like all human magic-users in the Dresden-verse, and accidentally shorts out a workstation in the police station.
You Gotta Have Blue Hair: The Mane Six's appearances as humans mirror their pony forms fairly closely, which leaves them... kinda eye-catching.